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New Catalog

New Catalog at the Library of Michigan

The Library of Michigan is transitioning to a new catalog system on June 30, 2022. As we make this transition, some services will be affected. Here is a timeline describing the impacted services leading up the June 30 switchover:

  • June 22, 2022 – Patrons cannot submit library card applications and Library staff must cease processing card applications.
  • June 26, 2022 – Patrons will no longer be able to renew items on Answercat and any items checked out between the 26th and the 30th will not be listed a patron’s My Library Record until after the catalog transition.
  • June 30, 2022 – Content from old catalog system is transferred to the new Answercat. Once the data transfer is complete and staff have tested the new catalog system, patrons will have to reset their card pin numbers. Card pin numbers are required to be reset in order to access online resources from the Library of Michigan.

FAQ – What to know about this transition

What is the catalog and why are you changing it?

The catalog is an online database of the books, ebooks, journals, and other material that the library owns. The new library system allows us to update the functionality and usability of our system to make it easier to find the material you need.

Can I still browse the collection in person?

Yes! Nothing is changing with our physical collection.

Will the online catalog for print material still be available?

During the transition, our old catalog will still be available on our website until replaced. After we move to the new catalog, the old catalog will be temporarily available until the end of July at:

Can I still borrow books and other material?

Yes! You can also still check out material. From June 26 to June 30, staff will need to do so manually using paper slips so it will look a little different, but you will be able to use material as normal.

Will I be able to renew books?

During the transition time, you will not be able to renew items online. Once our new system is operating, you’ll be able to renew your material as normal.

Is MelCat available yet?

No, we are still unable to borrow material from other Michigan libraries via MelCat. Please continue to access MelCat resources through your public library.

What happens June 30th with the new system?

Content from old catalog system is transferred to the new Answercat. Patrons will be alerted once the transfer is completed. We’ll continue to improve the functionality of our new system moving forward to enhance access to our materials.

Who do I contact if I still have questions or concerns?

Please contact the Library of Michigan at or 517-335-1477